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Telnet Tasks

...in this task, we are going to learn about telnet for a very important purpose, perhaps the main one that 'information seekers' rather than programmers need to use: logging on remotely to a library computer to access its records. The aim is to show you what can be achieved by using a more traditional information system, rather than 'the web'.

What to Do
First you need a telnet client for your computer

I tried entering telnet:// into my browser address bar - I use Firefox and this resulted in a prompt to indicate which program to run the 'application' with. Well I thought maybe it had to be told to use Firefox but that didn't work. Rather than search through my computer programs to find the correct program to run the application I decide to just google a 'telnet client' in Firefox :P

I chose the first result that came up (original I know) which was PuTTY. Skimming a few lines of PuTTY's homepage I see that it is a free client written and maintained by a guy by the name of Simon Tatham. The homepage is no frills and has beta & testing info and updates and various links including a FAQ page and the download page. I click on the download page. Since I don't know what ssh is I am drawn to the telnet-only download PuTTYtel.

Incidentally some quick research reveals that ssh stands for Secure Shell, and is essentially a secure form of telnet from what I can figure. This highlights for me that telnet is not secure - basically it appears to be not unlike VHF/UHF radio communication: as long as you can tune into the channel (which anyone with the right equipment can) then you can listen in on anything.

Download and install your chosen client and then explore one for your system.

Next: You are to telnet to the Deakin library database computer. The address is library.deakin.edu.au.

The search will be done by author. Find books with the author name Bennahum then in the Options menu, choose print this title. You will then be prompted to enter an email address to which this record will be sent. Enter your curtin email address.

Having done a fair amount of searching through library databases over the years I appreciate simple yet effective ways to find what I am looking for.